On March 3, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Scranton, Catholic Social Services led a Diocesan-wide Day of Service – an outreach of commonality and gratitude to the many worthy organizations that share the Church’s commitment to the people of the region.

The Diocese has asked more than 30 human services organizations in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton area to be sites for service activity. These include soup kitchens, nursing homes, health care institutions, charities, and agencies that provide various types of assistance to people in need.

Based on the response, teams of volunteers – including clergy and religious, staff, parishioners and students – will offer their time and energy during the day to participate in the mission of the organization.

“The Catholic Church has a long history of serving people in need, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. As Christians, it’s a core tenet of our faith,” said Mary Theresa Malandro, Diocesan Secretary for Catholic Human Services/Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services.

“Since its earliest days and continuing to the present, the Diocese and our caring people here have responded to the needs in the region through established institutions, by sponsoring and supporting charitable and service endeavors, and individuals’ commitment to helping others. Our Day of Service honors that heritage and expresses our gratitude to everyone who has participated in that mission.”

Organizations and individuals interested in participating either as a site for service activity or in a volunteer capacity are asked to call Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton at 570-207-3808.